Meet Our Team

Gene Habecker, PhD

Adjunct Faculty

Department: Church & Ministry Leadership

Office Location: Lancaster

Eugene B. Habecker served as president of Taylor University from 2005 -2016. Prior to coming to Taylor in 2005, he served in presidencies at the American Bible Society (1991-2005) and Huntington University (1981-1991). He served in other administrative positions at George Fox University and Eastern University.

He holds degrees from Taylor University (BA), Ball State University (MA), and the University of Michigan (PhD). He earned a law degree (JD) from Temple University and is a member (now inactive status) of the Pennsylvania Bar. He is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) program at Harvard University and is the recipient of nine honorary degrees.


JD Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
MA Ball State University, Muncie, IN
BA Taylor University, Upland, IN
Diploma, Institute for Education Management, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Publications/Creative Works:

Dr. Habecker has authored numerous professional articles and five books: Affirmative Action in the Independent College (1977), The Other Side of Leadership (1987), Leading with a Follower’s Heart (1990), Rediscovering the Soul of Leadership (1996, 2006) – also published in Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese – and with Marylou Habecker, The Softer Side of Leadership, (2018). He is the editor of two other books – Fresh Perspectives: A One-Year Devotional Book (2006) and Fresh Perspectives: A One-Year Devotional Book, Volume Two (2015).

Awards & Honors:

More than 20, including the following: Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Religion, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in American Education, International Who’s Who of Intellectuals, Directory of American Scholars, Directory of Distinguished Americans, Men of Achievement, Men of Distinction, Personalities of America, and Two Thousand Notable Americans.


“I highly recommend this program. It reflects a dynamic balance between theory and practice for leaders.” —Dr. Habecker